Gallery: Pixelated Chlorophyll Tower Absorbs New York City’s CO2 Like a...

IAMZ's renders for the Chlorophyll Tower may seem a little dark and apocalyptic but the concept is very much rooted in the field of biomimicry. Taking inspiration from the way that leaves absorb water, CO2, and light in order to make their own energy, this bizarre-looking residential tower absorbs harmful NYC emissions while also producing the energy it needs to remain self-sufficient. The grid-like pods are easily stacked on top of one another along a series of stabilizing columns, making this a flexible design that can shrink or grow as needed.

IAMZ suggests that by mimicking the photosynthetic process of plants, this tower conforms to nature, mitigating any undue environmental impacts. The pods act like the leaves that absorb CO2 and light, converting them into energy without losing any water, and the columns, along which the outer pods slide, mimic plant stems. It’s not 100% what kind of technology the Egyptian designer has in mind to perform this function, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see it emerge.

The entire building is naturally ventilated and indirect daylight pours through the strategically oriented pods, thereby avoiding too much solar gain during hot summers. Primarily designed as a residential complex for a 10,000 square foot site, the design also calls for a mixed-use development that incorporates administrative, entertainment, and retail facilities. It’s fairly unlikely such a design could be realized amidst Manhattan’s towers, but it is definitely an interesting concept that we think is worth further investigation.


Via Architizer


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1 Comment

  1. Rebecca Bowen December 18, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    So much brilliant interpretation out there..can’t wait to see where this will lead & how applied..definately worth looking at..a bitfreaky-looking but groundwork appears solid enough..keep up the good work..